Prospective Students

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Counseling Words

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Counseling and College Student Personnel, as an entity of Shippensburg University, its Graduate School, and the College of Education, is to develop students' academic and personal potential through a comprehensive counselor education program for graduate counseling and college student personnel students and through multi-faceted counseling services for all university students.

The Department's mission integrates the principles of a meaningful learning environment, professionalism, and individual responsibility. It strives to be a respected leader in the promotion of dignity, acceptance, and collaboration within the Shippensburg University campus environment.

Specifically, it seeks to graduate highly skilled practitioners in counseling and college student personnel by utilizing experiential learning opportunities in an atmosphere of intellectual, investigative, and creative scholarly curiosity. The Department nurtures students to become congruent lifelong learners, noble practitioners, and leaders in their profession. Through authentic relationships with invested faculty who model intentional practice based firmly in theory and cultural advocacy, students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to be purposeful, effective practitioners with a strong sense of personal and professional identity.


To apply for an assistantship online, follow the directions here.

In addition to applying online, you may also contact assistantship supervisors directly. It may be feasible for you to set up a time to meet with supervisors of sites for which you have an interest on the day you come for an on-campus admissions interview. Contact information for supervisors as well as descriptions of assistantships is provided in this listing above.

Important Dates  

April 1: ALL Practicum & Field paperwork DUE!!

May 6:   Graduate Commencement Ceremony